Archbishop Weakland’s legacy is being whitewashed

I recently watched the movie, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” about the rise and fall of evangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. It reminded me that Jim Bakker served five years in prison for defrauding viewers and donors. However, what actually brought him down was the revelation that he had sex with a former church […]

Theologian admits religion does more harm than good

Religious Harm Web Theologian admits religion does more harm than good

Surprisingly, an important theologian and Catholic scholar has admitted that all religions do more harm than good. Writing in the Harvard Divinity Bulletin a couple of years ago, Northwestern University Professor Robert Orsi delivered a blistering indictment titled: “The Study of Religion on the Other Side of Disgust.” He startingly stated, “On balance, in the […]

Catholic guilt: A reflection on the familiarity of shame

1AChildrenValue Catholic guilt: A reflection on the familiarity of shame

This essay marks my official departure from the Catholic Church. The Philadelphia grand jury report was the final straw; I could no longer turn a blind eye to the backward institution of the Catholic Church, upbringing and familial expectations be damned.